Linking Hope and Help
P.O. Box 491
Kilmarnock VA 22482
Mission Statement Linking Hope and Help, Inc. (“The Link”) is a partnership of churches and helping agencies. It functions as a centralized information and referral service for residents in Lancaster and Northumberland Counties. Using an interview process that matches our neighbors in need with available and appropriate resources, its purposes are to assist families and individuals: 1) to improve the quality of their lives in a manner that builds their self-reliance; 2) to meet the hardships and challenges in their lives.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Stacey Evans
Board Chair Thomas Coye
Board Chair Company Affiliation St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 491
Kilmarnock, VA 22482
Telephone 804 480-0394
Fax 804 462-3269
E-mail tomcoye@hotmail.com
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $76,750.00
Projected Expenses $65,300.00
Statements
Mission Linking Hope and Help, Inc. (“The Link”) is a partnership of churches and helping agencies. It functions as a centralized information and referral service for residents in Lancaster and Northumberland Counties. Using an interview process that matches our neighbors in need with available and appropriate resources, its purposes are to assist families and individuals: 1) to improve the quality of their lives in a manner that builds their self-reliance; 2) to meet the hardships and challenges in their lives.
Impact
2014 ACCOMPLISHMENTS:  This was the third year of The Link's operations.
 
A.  Service:  The Link helped 498 clients (and continues to consult with an average of 40 a month). Not only did it locate $100,729.65 in community resources to assist with their bill payments, each client also created a self-sufficiency plan and received family budget education.  
 
B.  Partners:  By year's end, The Link had gained the support of 201partners, including:  4 agencies; 5 businesses; 40 churches; 11 organizations; and 141 individuals and families.
 
C.  Funding:  The operating costs for our second year were $51,212.79. Our partners contributed $63,141.91.
 
2015 GOALS
 
A. Service:  While becoming skilled in assisting one-time bill payments, we know that many clients have problems that cannot be solved so easily.  Our goal is to help these clients with better self-sufficiency planning.  This includes locating a wider range of community resources that may be utilized. It also means training our staff and volunteers to serve as coaches for our clients.
 
B. Partners:  Our goal is to expand our current base of 201 to 240 by year's end.  
 
C. Funding:  Our operating expenses in 2015 will be $61,500.  The increase is largely due to increased office costs and expenses related to the evaluation project (see D below).  Our goal is to meet the challenge through cultivation of several funding sources, including grants from at least three foundations.
 
D. Evaluation of Servces:  With the help of a grant from the Jesse Ball duPont Fund, some 400 clients were contacted during 2014 to assess their experience with The Link. The data will be incorporated into the client database during 2015 to improve our interviewing procedures as well as our coaching skills.
 
E. Community Networking:  The Board of Directors is committed to strengthening The Link's presence among the area's established helping agencies and service organizations.
Needs
FIVE MOST PRESSING NEEDS
 
A. Better Community Understanding:  Though The Link is generally accepted as a good idea, some community leaders are not aware of all that The Link is trying to do.  We will continue promoting who we are and helping others discover how they can be involved.
 
B. Reliable Funding:  The Link will build its financial support base so that it can meet expenses in a timely manner.
  
C. Changing Lives:  Helping people to change and to break out of the cycle of poverty has been a goal of The Link from the beginning. We must keep finding  better ways to support those seeking greater self-sufficiency.
 
D. Partner Development:  The Link will deepen its relationship with its partner churches and community leaders, including Rappahannock Community College's workforce resources, so that there will be greater cooperation and effectiveness in working with persons in need.  
 
E. Board Development: As The Link grows in its complexity, it has become necessary for the Directors to become actively involved in leadership, fundraising and strategic planning.
 
 
Background
HISTORY
The Link is the lower Northern Neck community's response to a very old problem. For years, pastors and other church leaders have been visited by persons seeking financial help to pay utility bills and monthly rents. Though poor people in Lancaster and Northumberland Counties receive a wide range of financial assistance through Social Services and other sources, may still are not able to "make ends meet." Their budgeting abilities are often poor. Quite a few have not completed high school. Others do not know how to apply for a job, much less possess the skills to work productively. In desperation, many turn to the churches to seek additional help to pay their bills.
 
Clergy and church administrators have done their best to respond but, almost universally, confess inadequacy to conduct meaningful interviews. Few have the time or training to do this satisfactorily.  In addition, there has been little coordination among the churches as to who was helping whom.  
 
Several attempts have been made over the years to improve the situation.  None have worked.  In the spring of 2010, a group of fifty concerned leaders created a Steering Committee whose charge was to design an approach that would be effective and sustainable.  The Committee labored for a year and a half.  It interviewed individuals, agencies and organizations that assisted persons in need.  It also studied what other communities had done and visited several organizations.  
 
Linking Hope and Help, Inc. ("The Link") was the result.  The corporation was formed in 2011, and operations began in January of 2012.
 
OVERALL DESCRIPTION
Based on the "clearinghouse model," The Link is a place where people in need can share their problems and receive the help they require.  The Link employs an Administrator who works 20 hours a week.  She manages the operation, interviews the clients, and helps them to create personalized self-sufficiency plans.  Funds to assist clients are procured from community resources, mostly 20-plus churches that have monies available to help people in need (Note: The Link itself does not handle funds that assist clients).  This is done by the Volunteer Coordinator, who is also compensated for her work.  There are also three volunteers at present who assist the paid staff.
 
The Link is guided by a nine member Board of Directors.  The Board is composed of persons that represent the communities of Lancaster and Northumberland Counties.  There is also an Advisory Council of some 35 individuals who help guide the Board in its decision-making.  
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Lancaster County
Northumberland County
Board Chair
Board Chair Thomas Coye
Company Affiliation St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2017
Email tomcoye@hotmail.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Madison Boyd Community Volunteer
Rev. Thomas Coye St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
Janet Hinch Community Volunteer
Vashti Jones Community Volunteer
William Lee Community Volunteer
John O'Keefe Community Volunteer
Col. (Ret.) Don Phillips Community Volunteer
Rev. Judith Thomson St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 3
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 70
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Finance
Human Resources / Personnel
Membership
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Sandra Armstrong Community Volunteer
Rev. Donna Blythe Wicomico United Methodist Church
Rev. Dale Bunns Sharon Baptist Church
Rev. Kim Bunns Community Volunteer
Rev. Barbara Cain Abiding Faith Baptist Church
Rev. Sam Cain Calvary Baptist Church
Lee Capps Community Volunteer
Seth Clarke Community Volunteer
Jackie Clayton Northumberland Dept. Social Services
Stephanie Coleman Lancaster County Schools
Rev. Donald Conaway Community Volutneer
Terrence Cooper Community Volunteer
Joe Curry Community Volunteer
Rev. Rowena Davenport Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
Anne Davila Lancaster Dept. of Social Services
Roberta Dorman Community Volunteer
Wesley Edwards Community Volunteer
Sharon Gibson-Ellis Greater Williamsburg United Way
Michael Hall Community Volunteer
Dr. James Hamilton Community Volunteer
Patricia Julian Community Volunteer
Monique Kantimer Community Volunteer
Frances Kelly Community Volunteer
William Kling Community Volunteer
Debbie Kues Community Volunteer
Gladys Larson Community Volunteer
Edna Mason Community Volunteer
Anne McClintock Community Volunteer
Ralph Millar Community Volunteer
Frances Palmer Community Volunteer
Carolyn Prescott Community Volunteer
Beverly Randolph Community Volunteer
Paul Sciacchitano Community Volunteer
Christy Smith St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
Trina Smith Community Volunteer
Anthony Stanley Interfaith Service Council
Susan Thomas Community Volunteer
Jim Thompson Community Volunteer
Alice Walker Community Volunteer
Alice Walker Community Volunteer
Marilyn Warren Community Volunteer
Kathleen Watson Watt Savers
Rev. Ernest Webster Hartswell Baptist Church
Yvonne Williams Interfaith Service Council
Willie Woods Community Volunteer
Carolyn Young Community Volutneer
Executive Director
Executive Director Stacey Evans
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Tracy Hayden Coordinator of Volunteers
Veronica Redmond Coaching Coordinator
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 5
Contractors 1
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2014
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Programs
Description
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $76,750.00
Projected Expenses $65,300.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$78,065$51,141$33,186
Administration Expense$0$1,776--
Fundraising Expense$0$561--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.150.891.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%96%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%1%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$32,465$22,088$7,982
Current Assets$32,465$21,188$7,982
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$2,938--
Total Net Assets$32,465$19,150$7,982
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--7.21--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Organization incorporated in 2011.